Nov 30, 2023  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Bulletin

Visual Communication and Design

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Department of Visual Communication and Design
College of Visual and Performing Arts

Visual Arts Building 213 ~ 260-481-6709 ~

The mission of the Department of Visual Communication and Design is to educate students and the community in areas of applied art, design, and related technologies. We offer exceptional professional degree programs, which combine creative development in a design discipline with career preparation. 

Students pursue the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree with concenterations in Graphic Design, Imaging and Photography and Modeling and Animation. Course work includes general education and history courses in various departments on campus, as well as studio courses in visual communicatin and design. Career internship experiences and a culminating BFA exhibition are offered. 

Department Vision

The Department of Visual Communication and Design is regionally recognized as a school of choice in design education, known for its regional relevance, national prominence, global engagement and

  • the excellence, value, and accessibility of its training programs.
  • The conceptual depth of its exceptional academic curricula and state-of-the-art faciltiies that engender unique teaching, learning, and student environments.
  • the global stature, professional excellence, outstanding scholarship and superior creative accomplishments of its faculty and students.
  • its contributions to the quality of design practice and creative life of the region and beyond.

Credit Transfer

If a student transfers studio credits from another college or university, he/she may be admitted to the B.F.A. program upon successful portfolio presentation. To earn the B.F.A. at IPFW, the student must fulfill all remaining requirements and complete a minimum of 24 credits of upper-division studio work at IPFW.

Time Limit

If a student does not complete degree requirements within seven years of matriculation, he/she may be required to meet the degree requirements specified in the current Bulletin.

Student Handbook

A departmental student handbook, consisting of policies and regulations of the Department of Visual Communication and Design, has been prepared as a guide for students. This handbook, available in the department office, provides detailed information about responsibilities. All VCD majors are expected to be familiar with the contents of this handbook.

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